Category Archives: original painting
The thought that the XL Pipeline may be approved as a part of the current budget “negotiations” scares me to death. It’s been on my mind for quite a while now and I did this satirical painting about it recently. It’s marvelous therapy. The Thomas Kinkade appropriation seems just about right to depict the whitewashing of the project by those that stand to make millions off it while destroying the earth. What a despicable mess. I hope common sense will trump greed this time.
I decided to get a “real” journal with a nice cover and good paper and start “journaling.” Just maybe something might develop into an idea for a good painting (hope). The thing was amazingly expensive, but with my 40% off coupon from Michael’s it was bearable. Now if I can get over the fear of ruining it. I’ve got two pages semi-done. Here’s the first one which Jerry said looks like pizzas. Who knows, maybe subconsciously I was hungry for a nice veggie cheese on thin crust. It sounds pretty good right now. Better go eat.
After finally getting the art room into decent shape where I can walk around and find things, I’m now trying to finish some unresolved paintings. I’ve worked and worked this painting (like most every one I have), but–surprise!–suddenly I began to like it today. I put a coat of white gesso over most of it and cut into it with my favorite brushes–which aren’t really brushes but vinyl-tipped painting sticks. It started to get away from me again when I started working on the two eye-like spots, but I forced myself to stop. My OCD tendencies aren’t easy to control sometimes.
Today was rainy and cold–maybe cool to upstate people :-)–and not good for much but surfing (way, way too long) and working on painting. I’m still working on painting fur. After my unsatisfying experience painting Marley, I wanted to try and capture Grady’s silky coat. He’s a short hair cat, but his fur is surprisingly soft and silky. I certainly have enough subjects around here to practice my fur painting techniques on, but I’m far and away more competent in picking up fur on the floor. Tomorrow is always another day.